Subway delays lead graduate to celebrate on train

Subway delays lead graduate to celebrate on train

Subway delays lead graduate to celebrate on train

A NY nursing student who missed his graduation because of delays on the city's subway has been thrown an improvised ceremony by his fellow commuters.

He had chosen to skip the main graduation ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan later in the day, opting to go for the ceremony at the college so that his friends and family - many of whom were on the train with him - could attend.

"I announced to the whole train I said 'Hey guys, thanks for coming out today to see me walk and graduate, '" he recalled.

The one-minute ceremony was backed by Green Day's 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)', which blared out of a friend's tinny cellphone speakers.

This week, Jerich Alcantara and his friends were on the way to celebrate his graduation from Hunter College when the train they were on completely stopped.

Afzal's video has gone viral on Facebook, with thousands of comments and a handful of people drawing the hilarious similarities with a Full House episode in which Uncle Jesse missed his graduation after taking the train. The 22-year-old Alcantara said his E train was delayed in between stations in Queens because there was apparently a malfunction that caused the emergency brakes to trigger.

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He didn't. But he was wearing his cap and gown, and strangers stepped up to make sure he got his special moment.

It's every New Yorker's nightmare: missing a major event due to a random subway delay.

But Alcantara ended up celebrating his graduation in a quintessentially NY way: on the subway, complete with music and his graduation robes.

Fortunately, with friends and a gaggle down-for-whatever subway riders by his side, Alcantara was able to stage his own private ceremony underground.

Alcantara said the ceremony was scheduled for 10 a.m.

"We got my buddy to hand me the diploma that he drew up on his phone and he handed it to me shook my hand like he was the dean, it was great", Alcantara said.

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